The Islamic Heritage Project, from Harvard University, provides a wealth of high quality images created from Islamic manuscripts and maps of the Islamic world. One can browse by a variety of topics or by country. The manuscripts are from China, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakiston, Syria, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Serbia/Montenegro. The maps cover a similar range of geography.
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The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center have collaborated on a website, called Art Finder, which allows access to images of thousands of items in their collections. You can search and/or use drop-down lists to narrow results. An Art Finder Video Tour is also available. In order to get access to PowerPoint-sized images, you must click on a thumbnail image then click on the link at the right that says “Printable Image”. This will open a larger image in a new window. Right-click (Windows) or ctrl-click (Mac) to save the image to a location of your choosing. Note that approximately 4,500 image from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts are in ARTstor, but Art Finder contains more than 20,000 images.
The Wellcome Trust is an independent charity, based in London, which funds research to improve human and animal health. The trust has an extensive library that includes an eclectic mix of photographs, paintings, prints, and drawings, many of which are now available online through Wellcome Images. Visitors to the site can browse by subject categories or search. The images are not large, but they would work fine for PowerPoint.
Happy New Year! Today I learned about an Israeli website that provides a wealth of historic map images. Historic Cities has maps of major cities from around Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. Most of the map images are available in low resolution (about right for PowerPoint) and high resolution (some are nearly 3000 pixels on the long side). For some of the cities, links to maps on other sites have also been provided.
NOTE: With the debut of a new UW Libraries website in September 2013, the “off-campus access” button is no longer needed. Simply navigate to a UW Libraries webpage with a link to ARTstor as described below. When you click on the ARTstor link, you will be prompted to login with your UW NetID. Then log into your ARTstor account if you want to be able to download images.
ARTstor and many other UW Libraries resources are restricted to UW users only. This means that when you are off campus, you must log in to use these resources. For ARTstor, the best place to start when off campus is this UW Libraries webpage. In the upper right of this page, you will see an “off-campus access” button. Click this and log in with your UW NetID. You should be returned to the same webpage after logging in, and you’ll see that the color of the “off-campus access” button has changed from red to green. You can now click on the Art & Design link in the middle of the page and then on the ARTstor link (or a link for any of the other resources on this site) and start using it.
The Scout Report from July 31st had an entry on the historical maps from the David Rumsey Collection that have been added to Google Maps. These are 18th and 19th century maps from around the world that have been scanned at very high resolution and overlaid onto the equivalent Google map. One can zoom in and/or adjust the transparency of the maps to compare the satellite based modern maps with the older cartography. These cannot be downloaded, but they would still be quite useful in the classroom.
The Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution has online access to images in their collection. The large images that would be best for presentation purposes are watermarked, but the watermarking is fairly subtle. It is possible to browse a variety of groupings or search.
Today’s edition of The Scout Report has an entry on the interactive version of the Nolli Map of Rome that has been put on the web by the University of Oregon. The map engine is flash-based, which means it is not possible to right-click (ctrl-click on a Mac) to save a portion. However, on a Mac, it is possible to press command (apple)-shift-4 then use the cross-hairs to outline the image you want to capture. This creates a png file on your desktop, which can be used in PowerPoint. The file will have to be converted to a jpg to be imported into a soaMDID personal collection. Here is an example of what one of these screenshots looks like.
This Lewis & Clark College project provides access to a fabulous collection of contemporary ceramic art images. The images are available through the project website and Flickr, and they are plenty big enough for PowerPoint and soaMDID use. One useful feature for ceramic artists/instructors is that one can browse in a variety of ways, and browsing terms can be viewed as a standard list or a tag cloud.